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Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 69%

Bride Flight (2011)

"A hackneyed, overlong soap opera with decent performances, a seemingly interesting premise and beautiful scenery, but neither of those can compensate for its contrived, unmoving and often pedestrian screenplay. "

Posted Jun 10, 2011

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2 96%

One Lucky Elephant (2011)

"An often captivating documentary that will tug at your heartstrings, especially if you're an animal lover"

Posted Jun 8, 2011

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3 87%

Submarine (2011)

"Refreshingly funny, poignant and wonderfully perceptive with razor-sharp wit. It's the kind of rare coming-of-age film that's well-acted and abundant in both style and substance. "

Posted Jun 3, 2011

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4 84%

The Tree of Life (2011)

"A mesmerizing experience filled with breathtaking sights and sounds. It's much like life itself: visceral, enigmatic, spiritual, profound and simply complex. "

Posted May 27, 2011

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5 71%

Hello Lonesome (2011)

"Marginally engrossing and witty, yet somewhat contrived and lacking in depth. "

Posted May 26, 2011

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6 ——

35 And Ticking (2011)

"An occasionally funny comedy that's far from poignant or true-to-life, but it's nonetheless harmless, breezy and amusing more often than not. "

Posted May 22, 2011

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7 33%

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

"Not nearly as consistently exhilarating as the first installment, but, with Rob Marshall at the helm, it's less convolute and more thrilling than the last two. Stick around after the end credits for a stinger."

Posted May 20, 2011

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8 60%

Yves Saint Laurent - L'amour fou (2011)

"Bland...with too many unanswered questions and missed opportunities."

Posted May 16, 2011

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9 77%

Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (2011)

"Well-edited and captivating with easily digestible information albeit sans surprising revelations. "

Posted May 14, 2011

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10 40%

The Warring States (Zhan Guo) (2011)

"Thrilling and exhilarating. Prepare to be at the edge of your seat from start to finish. "

Posted May 13, 2011

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11 90%

Bridesmaids (2011)

"Cringe-inducing, uneven, juvenile, overlong and painfully unfunny. It's a witless blend of crudeness, rudeness and lewdness which sets a new low for American comedy. "

Posted May 13, 2011

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12 77%

Thor (2011)

"An overlong, mildy entertaining blockbuster that could have used a more charismatic lead as well as more palpable thrills and excitement. "

Posted May 7, 2011

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13 60%

The Beaver (2011)

"An awkward, uneven amalgamation of drama and comedy with more cringe-inducing moments than laughter or poignancy, despite uniformly strong performances. "

Posted May 6, 2011

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14 66%

Hobo With a Shotgun (2011)

"Sheer, mindless fun with oodles of over-the-top, stylized blood-'n-guts. Destined to become a cult classic that will have audiences laughing at it as well as with it."

Posted May 6, 2011

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15 79%

Earthwork (2011)

"An unchallenging, simplistic drama that's grounded by John Hawkes' genuinely tender and charismatic performance. "

Posted May 3, 2011

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16 55%

The Conspirator (2011)

"Somewhat pedestrian, but strong performances along with Robert Redford's impeccable skills as a director save the film from losing its dramatic momentum "

Posted Apr 23, 2011

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17 84%

The Princess Of Montpensier (2011)

"Fleetingly rousing with impressive production values. It's often lackadaisical and contrived with a bland performance by the beautiful, but uncharismatic Mélanie Thierry. "

Posted Apr 15, 2011

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18 82%

The First Beautiful Thing (La prima cosa bella) (2011)

"A tender, captivating and well-acted drama abundant in humor and heart. "

Posted Apr 14, 2011

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19 62%

To Die Like A Man (2011)

"Well-acted and unflinching, but tedious, pretentious, overlong and tonally uneven. "

Posted Apr 9, 2011

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20 26%

Arthur (2011)

"A contrived, silly mess with an irritating performance by Russell Brand. Greta Gerwig and Helen Mirren shine, though. "

Posted Apr 8, 2011

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21 92%

Circo (2011)

"Captivating, unflinchingly honest and poignant. "

Posted Apr 5, 2011

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22 68%

Rubber (2011)

"The most certifiably insane, gut-bustingly funny horror comedy since Shaun of the Dead. It's best experienced late at night with a rowdy audience. "

Posted Apr 2, 2011

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23 46%

Wrecked (2011)

"Initially intense and suspenseful before tedium arrives. Adrien Brody delivers a captivating performance. "

Posted Apr 1, 2011

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24 25%

Hop (2011)

"Uninspired, bland, charmless and increasingly asinine. Only little kids might be fleetingly amused by the eye candy and sight gags. "

Posted Apr 1, 2011

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25 40%

The 5th Quarter (2011)

"A well-acted drama that finds just the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them emotionally as well as intellectually. It will make you stand up and cheer. "

Posted Mar 27, 2011

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26 88%

Honey (2011)

"A boring, frustratingly sluggish, highly elliptical experience with undeniably picturesque scenery and a sensitive performance by Bora Atlas. It would have worked much better as a short film."

Posted Mar 26, 2011

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27 17%

Drawing with Chalk (2011)

"Tender, genuinely heartfelt, inspirational, refreshingly unpredictable and, above all, relatable. "

Posted Mar 25, 2011

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28 23%

Sucker Punch (2011)

"Pretentious, tedious, dumb, pointless and, worst of all, boring. Avoid it like the plague, and go watch Kill Bill or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon again instead. "

Posted Mar 25, 2011

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29 ——

Alabama Moon (2011)

"Big-hearted, inspirational and forgivably contrived with just the right amount of poignancy, excitement and comic relief to keep older and younger audiences captivated. "

Posted Mar 20, 2011

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30 44%

Bereavement (2011)

"Palinesque, bland and increasingly silly with oodles of unintentional humor instead of what every horror fan expects: palpable scares. "

Posted Mar 19, 2011

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31 73%

Winter in Wartime (2011)

"An engrossing, well-directed war drama that will keep you at edge of your seat. "

Posted Mar 18, 2011

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32 65%

The Music Never Stopped (2011)

"Deeply moving, powerful and inspiring. It radiates a rare glow of humor and warmth. J.K. Simmons gives by far the best performance of his career. "

Posted Mar 16, 2011

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33 67%

Black Death (2011)

"Atmospheric and initially intriguing, but often meandering and ultimately forgettable. It's deficient in enough scares, thrills and palpable tension to keep you thoroughly captivated. "

Posted Mar 12, 2011

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34 35%

Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

"Tedious, lazy and thoroughly nauseating with no palpable thrills or excitement to be found. The asinine script and excessive use of shaky-cam will make your eyes and ears bleed simultaneously."

Posted Mar 11, 2011

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35 10%

Red Riding Hood (2011)

"An often suspenseful, visually stylish and atmospheric whodunit despite a hackneyed romantic subplot and plenty of stilted dialogue to boot. "

Posted Mar 10, 2011

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36 88%

Certified Copy (Copie Conforme) (2011)

"Quietly engrossing and fascinating with well-nuanced performances by Juliette Binoche and William Shimell. "

Posted Mar 10, 2011

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37 80%

I Saw the Devil (2011)

"An intelligent, suspenseful and relentlessly terrifying crime thriller with one of the nastiest villains in the history of cinema. "

Posted Mar 8, 2011

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38 72%

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

"Mostly intriguing, suspenseful and clever until it loses steam during the underwhelming, facile, anticlimactic third act. "

Posted Mar 4, 2011

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39 88%

Rango (2011)

"Amusing and thrilling albeit slightly overlong with dazzling visuals and clever nods to classic Westerns. "

Posted Mar 4, 2011

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A Good Man (2011)

"A captivating, heartfelt and unflinchingly honest documentary brimming with warmth and humor. "

Posted Mar 1, 2011

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41 35%

The Grace Card (2011)

"A heartfelt and inspirational drama about the healing power of grace, reconciliation and forgiveness. "

Posted Feb 26, 2011

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42 93%

Of Gods and Men (2011)

"Poignant, haunting and profound with thoroughly captivating performances. It's one of the most powerful and unforgettable films of the year. "

Posted Feb 25, 2011

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43 33%

I Am Number Four (2011)

"Suffers from so much style over substance, lack of internal logic, contrived subplots and wooden performances that it makes Twilight look like Gone with the Wind. "

Posted Feb 19, 2011

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44 25%

Now & Later (2011)

"Essentially a lazy porno with an dull plot, poor performances and tacked-on, underexplored sociopolitical messages. "

Posted Feb 18, 2011

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45 78%

Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (2012)

"Offers three beautifully written films and two weaker ones that could have fleshed out with more imagination. God of Love deserves to win the Oscar."

Posted Feb 13, 2011

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46 100%

The Sky Turns (2011)

"A somewhat meandering, yet provocative and lyrical documentation of a village's history, its evolution and the memories of its 14 villagers. "

Posted Feb 11, 2011

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47 40%

Carbon Nation (2011)

"Mildly captivating albeit one-sided and over-simplified. It merely presents a reader's digest overview of climate change solutions [that's] more overwhelming than inspirational."

Posted Feb 11, 2011

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48 30%

Sanctum (2011)

"Thrill-less, contrived albeit visually stunning adventure with laughably stilted dialogue and characters so devoid of life that you'll end up rooting for mother nature. "

Posted Feb 5, 2011

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49 76%

Cold Weather (2011)

"Mildly compelling and amusing, but somewhat uneven and dull. The sexy Trieste Kelly Dunn invigorates the film in a radiant, charismatic performance. "

Posted Feb 4, 2011

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50 92%

Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster (2011)

"Viscerally exhilarating and thrilling in its brilliantly-choreographed fight sequences, but less engaging during its contrived moments of drama. "

Posted Jan 29, 2011

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